Traveling during the holidays presents knitters and crocheters with a dilemma: can I bring my needles (or hooks)? And if I do and someone tells me I can’t, what happens?
The answer is both easy and crazy-making depending on where you’re going.
If you’re traveling inside the United States, the answer is easy: The Transportation Security Administration says that in general you can take “knitting needles and needlepoint tools” (no reference to crochet hooks) in carry on luggage. You can also carry scissors that are smaller than four-inches but anything that has a blade -- such as circular or pendant cutter -- must be in checked luggage.
U.S. transportation rules apply on flights leaving the United States for foreign countries, but once you’ve landed in Europe, South America, Asia or Australia, it gets a lot more complicated.
Some countries specifically state that knitting needles are allowed (the United States and the United Kingdom, for example); some countries specifically prohibit them (Greece and some EU countries); and some countries says “sharp objects are prohibited” and it’s up to the security officer to allow them or not.
While you can knit on a flight from Los Angeles to South America, you aren’t allowed to have the knitting needles on the return flight from South America. In Australia, the rules say that knitting needles and blunt or round-tipped scissors shorter than 2.5 inches “may be taken on board in your carry-on bags at the discretion of the security screening officer at the airport.”
Here are some tips for traveling with fiber projects:
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